The lads came out of the Dunn Cow disappointed after not seeing George Barrett.
So the little bugger lives in Spain now.”
Aye,’ but he will have to come home when wor Jan has to gan to court.’
“Well weel’ be waiting for him when he returns; then weel see aboot him.’
The lads got onto the tram and headed back home.
“We had better go to the Ashington Welfare Club first before gannin’ Yem’ if we gan in noo’ Jan will na we’ve been up to something.’
“Aye your reet said Jim.’
They got to the Welfare around about 10:00 p.m.
Norma Dillon the barmaid served them. “Three bottles of Dog’ Norma pet.’
“Coming right up Jack; she bent down to get the bottles giving the boys and eyeful then asked how Janice was doing.’
Aye,’ she’s doing alright Norma; you want to see the size of wor Jackie he’s getting’ a reet size.’ He’s gana’ be a big lad is wor Jackie.”
“So they tell me you two are getting’ married; and here’s me keepin’ mesel’ single for you an aal’
George laughed we are both getting married on the twenty second of December.
“Church wedding is it?’
“You’re Jokin’ Norma; registry office for us two.”
“Bloody cheap skates; can you not give them poor lasses a church weddin.’
“I can’t be arsed with aal’ the ceremony Norma’ so we are takin’ our women on a holiday to Spain instead.”
“Ooh I take it aal’ back aboot ye two.’ Can I come with ye an aal’
The lads poured out their beer then found a seat near the bar.
“Noo there’s a woman that I wouldn’t kick oot of me bed.’
“Father she would kill you.’
“I would die happy tryin’ though; Jack scrunched up his face giving Norma another lecherous look; cor’ what a pair she’s got; like two puppies in a bag.”
George and Jim laughed at their father.
“I bet there are plenty of rich old widows dying to get their hands on you Da’
“Aye’ but they are aal wrinkled like bloody prunes, not like Norma.”
It had been ten years since the death of Jacks wife and he now felt lonely and missed the company of a woman. Going home to bed on his own Jack yearned for the warmth of his wife beside him.